Friday, May 24, 2013
The two-volume, 35-song Hopkins Royals Sampler showcases the talents of high school musicians.
Hopkins High School students are talented musicians—and now you can continue enjoying their performances long after the performances have ended and they’ve graduated. Fans can now buy a two-volume, 35-song Hopkins Royals Sampler that showcases the talents of local musicians. Money from the choir and orchestra helped fund the project, according to a video produced by the Royal Page. “It shows that there’s this incredible diversity at the high school,” a student in the video said. “Even just among the small group of 40 or 50 kids there’s just a huge diversity of what type of music and what instruments and who’s playing it and which friend groups.” Watch the Royal Page’s video in the player above. Click here to purchase the sampler. The …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The school sent students home Wednesday morning because of a power outage.
Power has been restored at Hopkins High School after officials were forced to send students home early Wednesday, the school district announced. The school lost power in its west wing. Staff worked with Xcel Energy throughout the morning and determined that it would take at least the entire day to restore power. Without power and food service, school officials decided at 10 a.m. to dismiss students. Workers were able to restore power by Wednesday and confirm that school would be on for Thursday. See what students had to say about the unexpected day off of school in the Storify widget above. (Users viewing the site on mobile browsers may not be able to see the widget.)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sam Seliger-Swenson is the top-ranked sophomore, according to Breakdown Sports.
Hopkins High School volleyball player Sam Seliger-Swenson has once again been selected as one of 21 players to appear on the cover of Breakdown Sports USA’s Volleyball Guidebook. The company selected top athletes for the cover of its annual guide, seen by hundreds of people across the county. Seliger-Swenson, who also appeared on last year’s cover, is ranked as the top sophomore, according to Breakdown Sports. This year’s guidebook features profiles of 750 players—including more than 300 players profiled with a photo and short Q&A. It’s now on sale for $69.99. Click here for details on how to order. Hopkins kicks off its season Aug. 23 against New Prague.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony played Thursday.
Hopkins students wowed music lovers at the annual spring concert Thursday. Those who attended got to hear pieces performed by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. You’re not out of luck if you missed the performances. Audience members have uploaded some of the performances to YouTube so they can be enjoyed over and over again. Check out the videos in the player above.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
High school journalism students explore what teachers and students think the widely used word means.
“Hipster” has become one of those words that’s frequently used but not always easy to pin down. The word conjures images of thick-rimmed glasses and indy rock bands—as well as a sense of going against the grain. Hopkins High School journalism students Bradley Kaplan, Sam Hromatka and Thomas Heegaard decided to explore exactly what makes a hipster in a “Royal Page (school newspaper) special on hipsters and stereotypes.” The video—“Hopkins On: What's A Hipster?”—shows students and teachers discussing what they think a hipster is. Check out the video above and then share your thoughts in the comments section below about what defines a hipster.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A 1988 KARE 11 story captured the Hopkins and St. Louis Park legislator long before he took office.
Hopkins and St. Louis Park Rep. Steve Simon is no stranger to public speaking. Two years ago, a video of Simon went viral when he asked in a floor speech, “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?” Simon wasn’t always a veteran speaker, though. YouTube user scottcommercials posted a video of a 1988 KARE 11 news story of the then-18-year-old Simon and the rest of the Hopkins High School debate team—“one of the hottest debate teams in the Midwest,” according to the report. Check out video of the future legislator in the news story above.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Hopkins basketball star put up 12 points in Saturday’s game.
Hopkins basketball star Nia Coffey received the Purple Team’s MVP award at Saturday’s Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game, the association announced. The game, played in New Orleans on the same court as the NCAA women’s Final Four, featured the top 20 high school seniors in the country. Coffey scored 12 points, hitting five of nine shots from the field. She also snagged one steal and three rebounds. Despite her efforts, the Purple Team lost to the Black Team 70-74. Coffey entered the game coming off a standout season. She was named the player of this year’s state championship game, chosen as Breakdown Sports USA’s No. 2 player in the state and honored with All State recognition. She also played in the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now graded schools on student performance, subgroup performance, performance gains and the achievement gap.
Hopkins students perform better than most in the state—but the difference between white and minority students is also bigger, according to report cards the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) released last month. MinnCAN, an advocacy nonprofit focused on solving the achievement gap, plugs for more public data-based accountability for schools, looser labor restrictions for teachers, and more school choice. While the state as a whole has a 34.4-point difference between white and black students at the high school level, Hopkins has a 41.2-point difference on average. The gap was significantly bigger at some other schools. Eisenhower Elementary, for example, had a 56.2 difference. The achievement gap is a persistent problem across…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The free playschool gives parents some free time and serves as the capstone of the High School’s Child Psychology II class.
Parent’s looking for a bit of free time can now register for Hopkins High School’s Royal Den. The annual playschool is the culmination of the Child Psychology II class. The high school students develop lessons that help the 3- to 5-year-olds exercise their math, science, art, music and motor skills. The play school takes places from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from May 1 to June 7. Children must be 3 years old or older and be potty trained. Enrollment begins April 16. The program is free, but parents must fill out an application. Donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Patty Ormson at 952-988-4561 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The awards recognize the most outstanding male and female athletes in the senior class.
Fresh off a state championship win, Hopkins basketball star Nia Coffey has been named as the school’s Athena award winner, while football standout JT DenHartog was chosen as the Apollo award winner. The awards recognize the most outstanding female and male athletes in the senior class. Coffey was named the player of this year’s state championship game. She was also picked for the McDonald’s All American Team, chosen as Breakdown Sports USA’s No. 2 player in the state and honored with All State recognition. Coffey, who has earned four varsity letters in basketball, plans to play for Northwestern next year. DenHartog has earned three varsity letters in football and two for baseball. He’s also been named to the All Metro and All State teams …